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Create & Cultivate: Bank of America Moderates “Money Practices You Can (and Should) Take to the Bank” Panel

On Saturday, June 10, Bank of America partnered with Create & Cultivate for their L.A. Conference, which brought together celebrity founders, highly influential industry experts and an ultra-engaged audience of entrepreneurs and business owners. Create & Cultivate, a media company that provides content, community, and curated events for ambitious women, shares Bank of America’s mission to support women business owners through resources and expertise.

The event featured hands-on workshops, which helped small business owners implement their strategy and vision, keynote speakers, mentorship sessions and networking opportunities for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs seeking education, inspiration and community. Bank of America’s panel gave financial experts and business owners the opportunity to shed light on the intricacies of business ownership, providing insights to an enthusiastic audience on how to run a successful business in modern times.

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Carol Lee Mitchell, Head of Strategy for Small Business, Specialty and Vehicle Lending at Bank of America served as the moderator for a panel titled, “Money Practices You Can (and Should) Take to the Bank.” Panelists included Nicole Lapin, Founder & CEO of Money News Network; Nyakio Grieco, Co-Founder of Thirteen Lune and Founder of Relevant: Your Skin Seen; Angela Antonio, Senior Vice President and Small Business Region Executive at Bank of America; and Michelle Ranavat, Founder of RANAVAT.

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The group discussed the current business and economic landscape, fostering banking relationships, and shared advice for small business owners. Panelists also referenced findings from the recently released 2023 Small Business Owner Report, which used data to break down small business owners expectations, concerns and opportunities, with specific call outs to the Los Angeles market. The conversation also touched on resources available for small business owners, including Bank of America’s Small Business Resources site, Start a Business Center and The Institute for Women's Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

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Following the panel, Bank of America sponsored a headshot station where attendees had the opportunity to take headshots that would be immediately delivered to their phone and also offered one-on-one appointments with a Bank of America Small Business Banker to talk about access to capital, best practices to manage cash flow and how to leverage existing resources. The conference emphasized Bank of America’s belief in and commitment to its community as it celebrated the determination of small business owners.

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